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Game Recap: Football | 9/30/2017 5:15:00 PM
Lions Football Falls Just Short Of Upset Over No. 14 Fort Hays State

The Lindenwood football team gave No. 14 Fort Hays State a scare on Saturday at Hunter Stadium, but the Tigers were able to hold on by a 38-35 score.

Play of the Game
Lindenwood, trailing 31-28 midway through the fourth quarter, had the ball, but was using its backup quarterback due to an injury to Najee Jackson. Fort Hays State intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. That put the Tigers up 38-28, and Lindenwood couldn't overcome that 10-point deficit in the final 3:34 of the game.

Lindenwood's Offense
- Fort Hays State came into the game allowing just 11.0 points and 269 yards a game. Lindenwood's offense though put 35 points on the board and had 438 yards of total offense, both season-highs allowed by the Tigers.
- Lindenwood threw for 382 passing yards in the game, the most by a Lions team since the Central Missouri contest in 2013.
- Najee Jackson competed 29-of-47 passing for 365 yards and three touchdowns. The 365 yards were the 13th-most in program history, and the most since 2013.
- Deantrell Prince caught 10 passes for 175 yards. The 175 receiving yards were the seventh-most in program history, and the 10 receptions tied for the eighth-most.

First Quarter (Fort Hays State led 14-7)
- Fort Hays State scored on two of its first three possessions to grab a 14-7 lead. Lindenwood's lone stop in the quarter came when Bakari Triggs forced a fumble that was recovered by Ace Rogers.
- That fumble led to Lindenwood's first touchdown. The Lions had to go just 25 yards, and they scored on a one-yard run by Jackson.

Second Quarter (Lindenwood led 21-14)
- The Lions defense did not allow a point in the second quarter, and it only allowed 66 yards. Fort Hays State missed a field goal, and punted three times.
- Lindenwood tied the game early in the quarter when Jackson found DeSean Warren in the endzone for an 11-yard score. That duo hooked up again before halftime, this time on a four-yard pass play. Both scoring plays came on third down.

Third Quarter (Score tied 28-28)
- The third quarter was back-and-forth, with Fort Hays tying Lindenwood twice in the quarter.
- Lindenwood's scoring drive in the quarter was a short one after a big kickoff return by Bakari Triggs. Shakeem Wharton finished the drive with a one-yard run.

Fourth Quarter (Fort Hays State won 38-35)
- Lindenwood missed a chance to go ahead early in the quarter on a short missed field goal attempt.
- Fort Hays State went ahead at the 7:59 mark on a 27-yard field goal.
- The next three possessions saw the offense turn the ball over. The most costly turnover was a Lindenwood interception that was returned for a touchdown.
- The Lions cut the lead to three on a 10-play, 79-yard touchdown drive. Jackson completed a 17-yard pass to Prince for the seven points.
- Fort Hays State recovered the onside kick after that touchdown, and was able to run the clock out after that.

Career Statistics
- Prince went over 1,000 receiving yards in the game. He now has 79 catches for 1,066 yards in his two-year career, and he has 12 receiving touchdowns, which ranks seventh in the career records.

Key Statistics
- Ace Rogers had two fumble recoveries in the game, and Ricky McCoy had an interception. The fumbles were caused by Drew Seers and Triggs.
- Darrius Williams, CJ Bivens, and Seers all had 10 tackles. Bivens set a career-high in tackles, while Williams had his fourth double-figure tackle game and Seers had his third.
- Antonio Davis led the team with 1.5 tackles for loss.
- Punter Michael Crowder averaged 49.2 yards per punt, including two of his five punts being inside the five-yard line. His long punt was 56 yards, his longest as a Lion.

Game Notes:
- Lindenwood falls to 2-3 on the season, while Fort Hays State improves to 5-0.
- Fort Hays State leads the all-time series by a 5-1 margin, and it has won five straight in the series. The Tigers are now 3-0 at Hunter Stadium.
- The Lions go on the road next weekend, travelling to Missouri Western for a 1 p.m. game.
- The game was the school's Hall of Fame Game. Five athletes and two teams will be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame later in the day, including former linebacker Logen Wright.


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SAINT LOUIS – After coming up short on the first of the game, Missouri Baptist’s offense sputtered. The Spartans accumulated just 206 yards of offense in a 30-0 shutout against Siena Heights (Mich.) on Saturday.

Missouri Baptist (1-4) came up short on the first drive as the team looked like it would simply pick-up where it left off a week ago. The Spartans received the first kick of the game and Michael Malone put together a 35-yard return to get the team to midfield to begin its drive.

The Spartans drove 54 yards to the one yard line, but were unable to convert on fourth down, which seemed to set the tone on the day.

While the offense struggled to get going, the Saints dominated in the run game. D’aries Davis had a monster day as he led the offense for Siena Heights from start to finish. The redshirt junior put together 194 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.

The Spartan defense held firm in the first quarter and allowed just a pair of field goals, but it was the second that proved deadly.

On the first drive of the second quarter, the Saints marched 81 yards in 13 plays to set-up a Deontae’ Rush seven-yard touchdown reception from Lucas Barner. In that drive, however, it was Davis that provided the spark. The Siena Heights running back posted a 15 and a 20-yard rush on consecutive plays in the drive, one of his best of the game.

Siena Heights posted another score on a seven-play, 54-yard drive as they entered halftime with a commanding 20-0 lead.

Though the Saints posted another 10 points in the third quarter, Missouri Baptist shut-down Siena Heights in the fourth quarter. The Spartan defense shut-out the home team in the final 15 minutes as they continued to fight until the final whistle.

On the whole, third down was perhaps the most glaring issue for the Spartans on Saturday. Missouri Baptist was 0-9 on third down conversions.

Kendall Davis led the running attack yet again for the Spartans. The sophomore recorded 62 yards on the ground and averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

Defensively, it was Jaylen Cowley that led Missouri Baptist on the day. The freshman out of Raytown South High School recorded a career-high 13 tackles, eight of which were solo, with one sack to his credit.

With the loss, the Spartans drop to 1-4 on the year and 0-1 in MSFA Mideast Division play with a date with cross-town rival Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) on the horizon. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the multi-colored field at Lynx Stadium in Belleville, Ill., next Saturday.


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Strong Second Quarter Lifts No. 4 North Central Past WashU
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 30, 2017 – No. 4-ranked North Central College scored 29- points in the second quarter as the Cardinals remained undefeated with a 43-24 win at Washington University in St. Louis on Saturday at Francis Field in St. Louis.

North Central improved to 4-0 with the win, while WashU dropped its third-straight game and fell to 1-4. The Cardinals are one of 47 teams that are undefeated in NCAA Division III.

WashU jumped in front 10-0 in the first quarter after a 24-yard touchdown reception by sophomore running back John Fisher and a 46-yard field goal by senior Dan Kalvaitis. The field goal for Kalvaitis was a career long.

North Central QB Broc Rutter guided the Cardinals to 29 points in the second quarter, connecting on 10-of-15 passes for 173 yards and two TDs. Liam Crotty connected on a 34-yard field goal with two seconds left before half to make it 29-10.

North Central outgained WashU 332-117 in the first half, and had a 21:25-8:35 advantage in time of possession. The Cardinals also had 19 first downs and were 8-of-10 on third down.

Fisher scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 4:16 in the third quarter to trim the North Central lead to 36-17. He finished the day with a career-high 68 yards on 15 carries and a TD.

Junior wide receiver Jason Singer added a 32-yard touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Johnny Davidson with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter. Singer finished with a career-high six receptions for 157 yards and a TD.

Sophomore linebacker Jarrod Huther had 15 tackles, and added a pair of tackles for loss and two sacks, while junior linebacker Jake Coon added 12 stops. Junior defensive back Ben Marcus had 11 tackles and a pass break-up.

North Central had a 501-379 advantage in total offense, and totaled 28 first downs.
Davidson was 19-of-30 for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

WashU plays its second road game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Washington and Lee University (2-2). Kickoff is set for Noon (ET) in Lexington, Va.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: North Central leads the all-time series 4-1, and the teams met for the first time since 2007 … Both coaching staffs wore wearing special arm patches in honor of the AFCA’s Coach to Cure MD program … The Bears scored in the first quarter for the first time this season … WashU is 18-6 (.783) at home the past five seasons … North Central had a 38:27-21:33 advantage in total offense … The Cardinals were 7-of-7 in the red zone and recorded five sacks.